With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.
From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules, where the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailer is constantly and unpredictably recalibrated. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Orange is the New Black offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison, why it is we lock so many away, and what happens to them when they're there.
©2010 Piper Kerman (P)2012 Tantor
"Fascinating....The true subject of this unforgettable audiobook is female bonding and the ties that even bars can't unbind." (People)
Netflix is better. this was kinda boring. read well, but not much story. like more than half the story is missing, no drama, makes prison life sound somewhat easy.
Narrater was EXCELLENT and story so informative and interesting.
Is there a sequel???? Will definitely begin watching this series in Netflix.
This is a great story. I thought it wouldn't be so wonderfully written. Loved every second of it.
A must read!
Good story!! The narrator was excellent! Thought the story how her life changed during the whole process showed how she became more enlighten as time went by. I thought it was well written. I would listen to this narrator again.
Decent listen. Interesting overall, but not much drama and a bit shmaltzy toward the end. I could've stopped 60% of the way through and wouldn't have missed much.
Fabulous. Interesting. some moments at Danbury did sound like dorm life n college. Characters great, observations great. Terrific social study.
This is the baseline for a the Netflix show. Unfortunately the characters aren't as interesting and she missed an opportunity for a social commentary. I would have also liked to know what re-entry was like for her.
I kept waiting for something unexpected to happen. With a little over an hour left, I'm giving up on this one. I've wasted too much of my precious time on this dull book.
Synopsis: She makes bad decisions when she's young, getting mixed up in an international drug smuggling operation. She gets caught several years later (after turning her life around), and she goes to prison. Some of the guards and inmates are rude to her, but she made friends in prison. She regretted having gotten involved in the drug trade. That's pretty much it. In addition to being dull, I found it annoying. She sounded like she was superior to the rest of the inmates, as if she didn't really belong there.
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